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Four Freedoms Park: New York's Newest Monument

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island (jaroslavd/flickr)

William vanden Heuvel, Chairman of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and head of the board of directors for the Four Freedoms Park, discusses the new monument to FDR on Roosevelt Island's southern tip.

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Comments [8]

John from NYC

Crazy I have never visited this great monument - in spite of being a New Yorker. I am going there this weekend!
The best thing is that if you are at the end of the park you are directly across the United Nations building!
Thanks Brian

May. 16 2013 04:37 PM
Dr. Judy Stern from North Brunswick, NJ

I enjoyed this segment, which encourages me yet again to visit the FDR Four Freedoms Park. I have never visited Roosevelt Island. Although I understand that the F train at 63rd St goes there, what happens next? Coming from central NJ, it may be preferable to drive; is that feasible? I was hoping that there would be a link to transportation; trying to figure it out via online sources is challenging.

May. 16 2013 04:05 PM
Donna Walsh from Pleasantville, NY

Thank you Chairman William vanden Heuvel of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and head of the board of directors for the Four Freedoms Park. I applaud your undaunted efforts to make this memorial happen. I have always been profoundly moved when during some of the darkest days our nation endured, Roosevelt never failed in his zeal to invest in building public schools across our land. It always makes my heart skip a beat when I walk into a WPA red brick school and see the brass plaque which honors the workers who built the schools and Roosevelt who empowered them to do so. Bravo for your leadership in honoring Roosevelt, a man for the ages.

May. 16 2013 11:59 AM
Pam from NY

What I mean is is there any reproduction in Four Freedoms Park of Norman Rockwell's magnificent depictions of The Four Freedoms? They are, indeed, breathtakingly moving.

May. 16 2013 11:48 AM
Karen from NYC

First, we should remember that progressives were well behind the curve in supporting Roosevelt's efforts to enter WWII. Isolationism kept us from aiding Britain sooner, and the progressives -- including the Nation -- missed the boat on that issue.

Secondly, Roosevelt reinterpreted the Constitution -- a document that in his first inaugural he described as "flexible" -- to mean that all human rights, not just the right to property, were protected by that document. It was a huge step toward progressive government, and one that took both chutzpah, and the knowledge that, for the first time in over a century, due to fear of economic collapse, populism in the U.S. was progressive, and people would support social reform.

FDR was a god in my working-class home. I was born after he died, but he has always been my hero. Read Jean Smith's bio, "FDR," Goodwin's "No Ordinary Times," and Kennedy's "America in the Depression and at War."

May. 16 2013 11:44 AM
Rita from NYC

Pam -- Yes, they are in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. When you walk into the room -- the paintings are huge -- you literally lose your breath. You should go.

May. 16 2013 11:38 AM
Pam from NY

Is there any reproduction there of Norman Rockwell's magnificent depictions of The Four Freedoms?

May. 16 2013 11:36 AM
Robert from NYC

FINALLY a memorial to one of our greatest presidents. It's about time. And let's keep his head on the dime, who the hell wants to look at Ronald Reagan every time you use a dime. And who the hell wants him in their pockets!!! Not I say I.

May. 16 2013 11:35 AM

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